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Oxygen: Medical Equipment

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what costs have arisen from the provision of (a) liquefied and (b) medically pure home oxygen to patients in each primary care trust in each year since 2004. (205863)

Costs for the provision of the home oxygen service are held centrally by region. This is a total cost for all of the home oxygen services provided. The costs are as follows:

£

Region

March to December 2006

January to December 2007

January to April 2008

North West

6,762,483

11,114,012

4,204,762

West Midlands

5,423,750

9,029,037

3,533,439

Yorkshire and Humberside

4,348,374

7,431,217

2,843,236

London North

3,452,318

5,306,863

2,039,633

East Midlands

3,955,305

5,995,808

2,392,224

South West

4,950,441

15,120,279

6,137,667

Eastern England

7,650,570

13,315,612

4,816,562

South East London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex

4,148,019

8,672,380

3,260,518

South West London, Thames Valleys, Hants and Isle of Wight

3,540,710

7,172,604

2,634,541

North West

4,870,846

9,066,662

3,374,883

Note: The service was in transition between March 2006 and October 2006, and therefore this data are not directly comparable to data from October 2006 when transition to the new service was completed.

The new home oxygen service came into effect on 1 February 2006. Prior to the introduction of the new service, costs were for the provision of equipment rather than the oxygen services provided for patients, and comparative data cannot be provided.